NBA Best Bets Today: Predictions for Raptors, Clippers and Donovan Mitchell

Donovan Mitchell could have a big game against the Pacers.
Donovan Mitchell could have a big game against the Pacers. / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to our maiden voyage of “NBA Best Bets Today” from yours truly. 

If you’ve been following my work here, or on Twitter, you know that I am thoroughly obsessed with the NBA. So, I’m going to use that obsession to try and make myself (and all of our readers) some extra scratch. 

Sound good? 

Every day, I’m going to break down my favorite NBA bets, and we’ve been off to a solid start so far this season, going 11-7. Last night was a 1-1 slate, as the Golden State Warriors and… Andrew Wiggins (!!) came through to cover against the Timberwolves. 

Let’s get into some picks for the three-game slate on Nov. 11 with all odds via WynnBET:

NBA Best Bets Record to Date

  • NBA Best Bets Record: 11-7 (+2.5519 units)

NBA Best Bets Today

  • Los Angeles Clippers (-4.5) vs. Miami Heat
  • Toronto Raptors Moneyline (+130) at Philadelphia 76ers
  • Donovan Mitchell OVER 26.5 Points (-115)

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Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Clippers: Clippers -4.5 (-110)

I couldn’t get to Miami +4.5 after losing in double overtime (as I wrote in today’s preview) and now the line has moved to the Clippers -6.0 with Jimmy Butler out of the lineup. 

I’d still take that, as Los Angeles has won four straight games and is third in the NBA in defensive rating. The Heat have some serious depth concerns, and I think those get exposed tonight. 

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Raptors Moneyline (+130)

Toronto did not look good last night against the Boston Celtics, but it faces a shorthanded Sixers team that has yet to win since Joel Embiid was placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. 

Seth Curry and Tobias Harris are questionable in this matchup for Philly, but I think this is a buy-low spot on Toronto after it suffered a third straight loss. 

Indiana Pacers vs. Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell OVER 26.5 Points (-115)

Donovan Mitchell has scored 27 or more points in five of his last six games, with the only time he fell below the number coming in Utah’s loss to Orlando. 

Mitchell shot just 8-for-24 in that game, and he’s averaging 24.5 shots per game over his last six matchups. The volume is certainly there for Spida, and he’s averaging 25.9 points per game despite shooting just 31.9 percent from beyond the arc this season. 

If he gets going from 3, Mitchell will easily hit the over against the Pacers, who rank 23rd in the NBA in defensive rating this season.